Originally Posted by theBongolian
My question was - do computer monitors produce more colors than exist in a natural setting - a landscape? What about the specialised ones you work with?
Not even close. Notice there is no such thing as colors existing in nature.. colors do not exist.. colors are interpretation about wavelength in our eyes and brain. Computers cannot get even close to the range of wavelengths that can generate different impressions in our brain.
Even the 12 bit per pixel monitors cannot reach all the range that can stimulate our visual system. LED lights cannot do it,
That ALSO happens in PHOTOS! The images recorded int he camera are restricted in the very same way. They are expressed in triplets of RGB values (ALL internals of ALL light sensors systems work in RGB, no not a single one works with other system) with a limited range for each component. Photos cannot be printed with more information than it was recorded by the sensors.. Most printers are EVEN MORE LIMITED than monitors on what they reproduce! The ones that can show more values than a good monitor are expensive ones..
Now for the critical part....that problem also happens in LIFE DRAWING! Yes, it happens because the colors are limited by the source of light in the environment. The banana you are drawing cannot reflect higher energy levels than what it received (but it can reflect lower energy frequencies due to the intrinsic loss of energy in any interaction).
No internal lighting will get close to the range allowed by sunlight! That means that the order of quality of colors you can observe is,
Live, under sunlight
Live, under artificial lighting
High quality Prints
High range LED displays
Normal cheap Prints